Friday, August 18, 2017

Crunchyroll Cultivates a Streaming Community With a Novel Idea: Film Screens


By GLENN KENNY via NYT Movies
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As Netflix and Amazon take different approaches to theatrical releases, sites like Crunchyroll and Shudder are giving fans the gift of screenings.

Review: ‘California Typewriter’: Preserving the Past, Key by Key


By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS via NYT Movies
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This documentary directed by Doug Nichol plumbs the depths of devotion to a machine whose day might appear to be over.

Review: ‘Walk With Me,’ an Invitation From Thich Nhat Hanh


By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS via NYT Movies
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A documentary observes the rituals of one of the best-known Zen masters in the West.

Review: A Whitney Houston Documentary, Dutifully Respectful


By BEN KENIGSBERG via NYT Movies
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In “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” a behind-the-scenes portrait of the singer’s rise and struggles with fame.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: Once Simply ‘Sidemen,’ Now They’re the Stars


By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS via NYT Movies
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“Sidemen: Long Road to Glory” is a loving tribute to the bluesmen Willie Smith, Hubert Sumlin and Joe Willie Perkins.

Review: ‘Marjorie Prime’ and Jon Hamm: Ceaselessly Into the Past


By GLENN KENNY via NYT Movies
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Lois Smith reprises the role of Marjorie in Michael Almereyda’s adaptation of Jordan Harrison’s play weighing the morality of artificial intelligence.

Is the Next Great New York Crime Movie Set in Flushing?


By BEN KENIGSBERG via NYT Movies
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For seedy locations that are the hallmark of gritty urban dramas, the Safdie brothers looked to less obvious sites in the five boroughs (and Long Island).

Review: In ‘Crown Heights,’ Justice Delayed and Denied


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Based on a true story, Matt Ruskin’s film stars Lakeith Stanfield as a man who spent decades in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Review: In ‘Shot Caller,’ Prison Hardens Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Character


By BEN KENIGSBERG via NYT Movies
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A fatal drunken driving accident leads to a nightmarish term in prison that forges a criminal.

Review: ‘Patti Cake$,’ a Classic Striver’s Tale With a Hip-Hop Beat


By A. O. SCOTT via NYT Movies
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This showbiz tale finds new talent in Danielle Macdonald, its star, and Geremy Jasper, its writer and director.

It Began with Sudden Blackouts. Then Came Some Alarming News.


By LISA SANDERS, M.D. via NYT Magazine
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Something had damaged the woman’s heart. The question was what.

Tom Cruise Injury Delays Latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ Filming


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Mr. Cruise, known for his death defying stunts, suffered an ankle injury during the making of a “Mission: Impossible” movie.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: Penélope Cruz Is Luminous in ‘The Queen of Spain’


By ANDY WEBSTER via NYT Movies
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Fernando Trueba’s light ensemble comedy is a romp that pillories Hollywood’s deal-making with the Franco regime in the 1950s.

Review: ‘Logan Lucky’: Steven Soderbergh and His Motley Band of Thieves


By A. O. SCOTT via NYT Movies
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This class-conscious caper, with Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as down-on-their-luck brothers, is ridiculously entertaining.

Once a ‘Mystery Science Theater’ In-Joke, Now Playing Comedy Clubs


By GLENN KENNY via NYT Movies
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The 1986 film "Chief Zabu” finally gets its New York premiere some 30 years after its cryptic ads become a running gag on the “Mystery Science” TV show. What took so long?

Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard,’ With Samuel L. Jackson


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Samuel L. Jackson is an ill-tempered contract killer. Ryan Reynolds is his uptight protector. You can figure out the rest.

Roman Polanski Accused of Sexual Abuse by Another Woman


By SOPHIE HAIGNEY via NYT Movies
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The woman, who was identified only as Robin, said that the film director “sexually victimized” her in 1973, when she was 16.

In a Body-Positive Moment, Why Does Hollywood Remain Out of Step?


By BROOKS BARNES via NYT Movies
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Melissa McCarthy has broken through in Hollywood, but her success is viewed by studios as an anomaly. Danielle Macdonald hopes to flip the script.

Down the Breitbart Hole


By WIL S. HYLTON via NYT Magazine
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Steve Bannon once said it was the platform for the alt-right. Its current editors disagree. Is the incendiary media company at the nerve center of Donald Trump’s America simply provocative — or dangerous?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review: Boys Become Men in the Unsettling ‘The Wound’


By GLENN KENNY via NYT Movies
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Sexual hypocrisy fuels a South African film about teenagers undergoing a circumcision ritual.

The Rise of the Fidget Spinner and the Fall of the Well-Managed Fad


By CHARLES DUHIGG via NYT Magazine
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In the evolution of toy crazes since Beanie Babies, an object lesson in how technology has thrown the consumer economy into chaos.

Monday, August 14, 2017

‘Deadpool 2’ Stuntwoman Dies in Motorcycle Accident on Set


By SOPHIE HAIGNEY via NYT Movies
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The superhero sequel was filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the police department confirmed the death and said it would investigate the incident.

Review: ‘The Nut Job 2’ Squirrels Away the Laughs for Itself


By MONICA CASTILLO via NYT Movies
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A profiteering mayor threatens to displace a city park’s animal residents unless a grumpy squirrel named Surly can wreck his plans.